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SEC fines UBS Financial Services $15M for supervisory failures

The SEC has charged UBSFinancial Services Inc. with failing to properly educate and train itssales force on critical aspects of certain complex financial products it sold toretail investors.

UBS Financial has agreed to pay about $8.2 million in disgorgementand $798,316 in interest along with a $6 million penalty.

The regulator found that the company did not develop and implementpolicies and procedures to educate and train its registered representatives forthe sale of reverse convertible notes so that they could form a reasonable basisto make suitable recommendations.

UBS Financial consented to the SEC's order without admittingor denying the findings.